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article imageSundance for Books at the Raindance Book Festival 2013 Special

By Joseph Khalil     Nov 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Richmond - The "Sundance for Books”, Vivalogue Publishing and Black Bond Books held the first Raindance Book Festival which celebrates and supports local Canadian authors. Organizer Lynn Duncan was passionate about giving Canadian local authors a chance to shine.
Digital Journal was on hand to film the festival which took place at Lansdowne Centre Mall in Richmond, BC. Watch the video to see interviews with the authors who participated at the festival.
The featured authors were able to take the opportunity to show off their books and do book signings to dozens of attendees at the festival. Black Bond Books handled the sales of the books on site which made the process of book selling run smoothly. The morning part of the festival highlighted authors in the children and young adult genres while in the afternoon, authors in the adult fiction and non-fiction were the focus.
The Raindance Book Festival provided a platform for the new book release launches for three authors: Mary Laudien, author of Frenchie Diva; Mauro Azzano, author of The Dead Don't Dream; and Anne-Rae Vasquez, author of Doubt, book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy.
Vivalogue Publishing hosted workshops simultaneously during the festival with topics such as "How to Turn a Manuscript into a Quality Book" and "Blue Pencil Sessions" sponsored by The Editors' Association of Canada (BC).
Book Drive
Authors and festival attendees were encouraged to donate used books to support local literacy programs funded by Frontier College. Black Bond Books and Vivalogue Publishing will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to support Frontier College.
A private reception after the event featured a fundraiser for Frontier College, an organization that funds literacy programs across Canada. The highlight of the reception was a Q&A by JJ Lee, author of the highly praised The Measure of a Man.
The following were the featured authors at the festival. The event catalogue includes all participating authors' featured titles with reviews.
- Mauro Azzano - The Dead Don't Dream
- Gail Banning - Out on a Limb
- Chuck Bertrand - Constable for Life
- David Burnell - The Nightingale Sang
- Bill Engleson - Like a Child to Home
- Patricia Factor - Goodnight Angels!
- L.A. Fielding - THE X-TAILS
- Michael Hartner - I, Walter
- Lillian Caton Major - A Ride to Remember
- Paul Serup - Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?
- Mary Tasi - Spirit Memory
- Anne-Rae Vasquez - Doubt (Among Us Trilogy - book 1)
For more information, visit the official website of Vivalogue Publishing.
Vivalogue Publishing was established in 2010 with offices in Canada and the United Kingdom. The company offers comprehensive publishing services to individuals, companies and non-profit groups. Editorial services for authors include editing, proofreading, book design, print management and marketing.
Black Bond Books is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. The family-run chain has 10 stores in the Lower Mainland, with more than 100 book-lovers on staff, and is the largest independent bookselling company in Canada. In Richmond, branch manager Connie Smith supports self-published authors who produce quality books.
Editors' Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. EAC sponsors professional development seminars, and promotes and maintains high standards of editing and publishing in Canada. Members of the B.C. branch of the EAC are providing the ‘Blue Pencil’ sessions for writers.
Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization, which runs and supports programs to improve literacy across Canada. The book drive at Raindance and fundraising reception will provide books for these programs and for the current effort to restock the community library in Bella Bella which was destroyed by fire in July of 2013.
Special credit to:
Lansdowne Centre for providing the festival workshop and display space.
Richmond News for providing editorial coverage and advertising.
Richmond News for providing editorial coverage and advertising.
Focal Point Productions for filming the event.
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